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    Posted: 20 March 2020 at 13:44
I'm sure this year we need a training thread for April Foolishness. Not so much on "how" our lenses work but more on "what to shoot" in these times of (limited) curfews and social abstinence. There's very limited options to go to exotic or special places, so it will all have to be close to home or at max between home and work.

So time to start practicing your creativity in the kitchen, living room, garden/balcony etc. etc.

I'm sure we all can use some

Btw, here is the sign up for the challenge
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I went into our garden to train a little with my MG Trioplan 100/2.8, obviously wide open

Here's two I liked:

1: Wild Azalea against the light (@MFD = 1,1 meter)



2: Pear blossom (with an extension tube)


Both on an A7ii
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snegren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2020 at 15:46
The question what to shoot for April Foolishness can be easily answered. Everything and anything. Just let the mind go free.

Pieter, putting the Trioplan to good use. Lovely images. Some may say that #1 is busy, but all I can say is WOW. All kinds of bokeh monsters are advertised on e-Bay because they have a zillion aperture blades. But bokeh does not come from the aperture blades, it comes from the lens and wide open you get the best of it. The Trioplan 100 certainly has bags of it. When it comes to bokeh, aperture is like Corona virus, you are better without it.

Training with a legendary Minolta from the 70s.

1: Circular Stairs

Camera Model: ILCE-7RM2
Lens: Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm 1:1.2
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure Time: 0.004 sec (1/250)
ISO: 100

2: Pink Clouds

Camera Model: ILCE-7RM2
Lens: Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm 1:1.2
Aperture: f/1.2
Exposure Time: 1/8000 sec
ISO: 100

3: Magnoliamania

Camera Model: ILCE-7RM2
Lens: Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm 1:1.2
Aperture: f/1.2
Exposure Time: 1/8000 sec
ISO: 100

4: Benchmark

Camera Model: ILCE-7RM2
Lens: Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm 1:1.2
Aperture: f/1.2
Exposure Time: 1/3200 sec
ISO: 100

Wide open focussed at 20 meters or so. Surprisingly sharp. I'd say WOW!

5: Teleski

Camera Model: ILCE-7RM2
Lens: Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm 1:1.2
Aperture: f/1.2
Exposure Time: 1/8000 sec
ISO: 100





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Good work with the Rokkor 50/1.2 Paul, and indeed pretty sharp wide open (at web size ). The pink clouds are especially nice and painterly.

Thinking about extra-large aperture lenses I've recently been eyeing the new Voigtländer Nokton aspherical 50/1.2 in M-mount but so far I have resisted the temptation. But it would also be a great lens on my M2 once it comes back from its CLA at Will and Cathy in Zoetermeer. We'll see how long I can hold out .

Today was training for my other April lens, the AR Hexanon 40/1.8. So a bicycle ride along the anti-tank canal gave these results:


1: Waiting for summer



2: Guard bunker



3: Entrance to fort Oelegem

The white flag on a lot of buildings in Belgium at the moment is a tribute to everybody working in the health and care facilities taking care of the Corona patients

All on an A7Rii

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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:


Thinking about extra-large aperture lenses I've recently been eyeing the new Voigtländer Nokton aspherical 50/1.2 in M-mount but so far I have resisted the temptation. But it would also be a great lens on my M2 once it comes back from its CLA at Will and Cathy in Zoetermeer. We'll see how long I can hold out .

Resistance is futile! I have seen many gutted Leicas at Will and Cathy and Will has gutted a couple of lenses for me. Fortunately they always manage to put them back together.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snegren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 March 2020 at 13:28
Good work Pieter!

The second half of my Foolish set:

The Minolta MD VFC 24mm 1:2.8 is a 9 elements/7 groups lens like the standard MC/MD 24/2.8 but due to its design it is possible to adjust the focal plain from convex to neutral to concave and (unlike the standard lens) it has a non-rotating front element. It is very rare and sought after and fetches good prices on the internet, but during the Corona crisis bargains are to be had. Wide open at MFD with maximum concave adjustment (or is it a concave mirror?)

28.1: My lens has Variable Field Curvature adjustment

Camera Model: ILCE-7RM2
Lens: Minolta MD VFC 24mm 1:2.8
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure Time: 0.002 sec (1/500)
ISO: 100

Without fancy adjustments to evaluate CA, sharpness and flare. It passes but I feel a lens hood is no luxury.

28.2: Social isolation in pairs

Camera Model: ILCE-7RM2
Lens: Minolta MD VFC 24mm 1:2.8
Aperture: f/8
Exposure Time: 0.002 sec (1/640)
ISO: 100

28.3: Landgoed de Haeck

Camera Model: ILCE-7RM2
Lens: Minolta MD VFC 24mm 1:2.8
Aperture: f/8
Exposure Time: 0.002 sec (1/640)
ISO: 100


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Micholand Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 March 2020 at 19:24
Originally posted by Snegren Snegren wrote:

The Minolta MD VFC 28mm 1:2.8 is a 9 elements/7 groups lens like the standard MC/MD 28/2.8

Paul looks like you have a very rare + special Rokkor lens
Do I miss it in my Rokkor collection or is it a typo?! I'm aware of two Rokkor lenses with VFC only, the 24/2.8 VFC and the 35/2.8 ShiftCA
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Arrgh. Typo copied several times. It has been put right!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 March 2020 at 20:28
Last sunday I went out for some training but didn't have time to PP/post them yet. Better do it before the official month starts tomorrow


The firebrigade had to come out to take out a tree that almost toppled due to the high winds from the east this weekend



Barn door detail (what's left of it)



Bokeh test (wide open)



On the cemetery



Gravestone in the church wall



Usually these openings are in forts or castles to allow archers to shoot through. However this one is on a crypt in the local cemetery


All A7Rii + Konica Hexanon AR 40/1.8
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